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In the early years of man many people cultures and other factors affected the history of the Middle East One of these factors would have to be the landmarks and climate of the area Geography influenced the culture and history of the Middle East because the fertile land called Mesopotamia allowed for farming the weather affected what the people wore and early man had to be nomadic due to the dry and sandy weather conditions The change to farming on the fertile ground changed the world forever On this Mesopotamian land many events occurred that would go down in history It is believed that the Garden of Eden from the bible was in this region Also this new farming allowed for more trading between people The earliest civilizations such as the Babylonians and Akkadians started their civilizations in this area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers This area came to be part of the holy land for early religions such as Jews and Muslims This fertile ground and holy land is still fought over to this day between those two religious groups The harsh weather conditions determined the clothes the people wore in that day The Arab people today still wear basically the same clothing Middle Eastern people had to wear thin clothing with no seams to keep their bodies cool Also most of the items of clothing the people wore were light colors in order to not attract sunlight This also helped keep them cool and also kept the sun off of their skin All of these characteristics of the Arab clothing are due to the extreme heat and dryness of the region The Arab people also have to wear hats or cloths on their heads so the sun does not burn them Both these hats and the long drape-like robes are used to keep the skin from burning under the bright hot sun These people in the Middle East could not survive without
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